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April 10, 2014
12:25 EDTBBBY, GM, IMPV, RAD, EBAY, RT, ALLYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite U.S. jobless claims dropping to their lowest level since 2007. Stocks began the session slightly lower following disappointing trade data from China, but the market seemed to briefly try and make a move into positive territory shortly after the opening bell. The attempt was short circuited when the tech-heavy Nasdaq began to weaken and the averages have continued to drift lower throughout the morning, leaving the Nasdaq down more than 2% near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. However, many discounted the figure, which can be volatile around March and April due to the timing of Passover and Easter, as well as other seasonal factors. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of eBay (EBAY) fell over 2.5% after the online marketplace operator struck a deal with noted investor Carl Icahn to end his proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting. The company agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint David Dorman, a founding partner of Centerview Capital Technology, as an independent director and Icahn withdrew both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s board... Shares of Ally Financial (ALLY), which was formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), were lower in their first day of trading following the company's return to the public markets. The Treasury Department, which had been Ally’s majority shareholder after rescuing it during the 2008 financial crisis, raised $2.38 billion by selling 95M shares at $25.00. General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 10% and casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which gained 13%. Among the noteworthy losers was home furnishings retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), which dropped over 6% after the company's first quarter profit outlook significantly trailed analysts' consensus estimate and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Also lower were shares of data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook and the stock was downgraded at both Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 124.91, or 0.76%, to 16,312.27, the Nasdaq was down 92.72, or 2.22%, to 4,091.18, and the S&P 500 was down 21.90, or 1.17%, to 1,850.28.
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November 24, 2015
10:29 EDTIMPVPalo Alto seen adding confidence on IT security demand
The shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are rising after the company reported stronger than expected results last night. In a note to investors today, JPMorgan wrote that the results "should help restore investor confidence" in demand for IT security systems. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto reported first quarter earnings per share of 35c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 32c. The company's revenue came in at $297M, versus the consensus outlook of $284M. The IT security company provided roughly in-line Q2 EPS guidance, while its Q2 revenue guidance came in slightly above expectations. "Security remains a strategic consideration embedded in virtually every IT decision, (and) as a result, the demand environment remains very healthy, said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin. ANALYST REACTION: Palo Alto's results should boost investors' confidence in the IT security demand environment, wrote JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty. Palo Alto's results were "healthy" and the company's customer growth trends continue to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the company is selling more of its products to each customer, Auty reported. As investors shift to valuing the company on cash flow, moving away from their current revenue based valuation method, the stock should rise, according to Auty, who kept a $216 price target and Overweight rating on the name. Palo Alto reported strong results, showing that the company is continuing to gain share in the new, fast growing next generation firewall and advanced threat detection market, according to Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. Strong demand, good new products, and a wider distribution network will enable the company to deliver significant share gains and strong growth, believes the analyst, who increased his price target on the stock to $200 from $190. Also very upbeat on Palo Alto was Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens. The company's growth continued to be "torrid" last quarter and it will clearly be among the winners in the IT security sector, wrote Owens, who raised his price target on the shares to $210 from $190 and kept an Overweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto climbed 7% to $184.22.
10:24 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond comp weakness raises inventory concerns, says Cleveland
November 23, 2015
10:51 EDTRADOptions with increasing implied volatility: TERP BRCM CHK RAD POM
06:24 EDTGMGM uses KBB to offer targeted incentives, Automotive News reports
General Motors has turned to Kelley Blue Book's website to offer targeted incentives to customers, Automotive News reports. Reference Link
05:56 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WMT RAD
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November 22, 2015
18:46 EDTGMUAW union ratifies General Motors agreement
The United Auto Workers announced that its international executive board has formally ratified the national labor agreement with General Motors. The union explained that, after its proposed agreement with GM was blocked by the union's skilled trades members, it held meetings with those members and subsequently presented their concerns to both union leadership and GM itself. Following those discussions, the parties agreed to changes that "protect core trades classifications and seniority rights," according to UAW. Reference Link
November 20, 2015
10:00 EDTBBBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Akamai (AKAM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... American Woodmark (AMWD) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Autodesk (ADSK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Barclays (BCS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Canon (CAJ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Chart Industries (GTLS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Cloud Peak (CLD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... Cnova (CNV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Diana Containerships (DCIX) downgraded to Underperform at Wells Fargo... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Eagle Materials (EXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... El Paso Electric (EE) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Express (EXPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Grifols (GRFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Hawaiian Electric (HE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Mentor Graphics (MENT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at Pacific Crest... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... PolyOne (POL) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Seaport Global... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Seaspan (SSW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... SunEdison (SUNE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Workday (WDAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush.
09:15 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
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05:34 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; NUAN RAD
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November 19, 2015
07:55 EDTGMGM's Reuss: Company 'deeply committed' to EVs, FT says
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November 18, 2015
15:40 EDTRADCongressman says U.S. may need look at pharmacy competition, dealReporter says
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09:32 EDTGMThe House Oversight & Government Reform Committee to hold a hearing
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07:57 EDTGMBarclays to hold a conference
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05:40 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; YUM RAD
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November 16, 2015
17:16 EDTEBAYIcahn liquidated eBay stake, took Paypal stake
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17:02 EDTEBAYPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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09:59 EDTEBAY, GMOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:33 EDTEBAYeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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09:06 EDTRADDiplomat seen as compelling amid specialty pharmacy fallout
Shares of specialty pharmacy operator Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESRX) have each been knocked down by the negative news surrounding the sector amid the troubles faced by Valeant (VRX) and others, but an analyst at Leerink contends in a note to investors that the pullbacks in both stocks provide buying opportunities. BACKGROUND: Drugmaker Valeant and its prior specialty pharmacy partner, Philidor Rx Services, have been at the center of the firestorm engulfing the sector. Following claims that Philidor urged its employees to modify prescriptions to ensure more orders of Valeant-branded drugs rather than generics, as well as other allegations of wrongdoing, Express Scripts (ESRX) and peer CVS Health (CVS) terminated Philidor from their networks. The day after those termination announcements, Valeant said that it was severing all ties with Philidor and that the pharmacy planned to shut down operations as soon as possible, consistent with applicable laws. Valeant has subsequently said that Philidor has committed to cease operations by January 30, 2016, at the latest. More recently, Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, announced that it stopped doing business with Linden Care, accusing it of being a "captive" pharmacy that dispenses mostly products made by Horizon Pharma (HZNP). In turn, Horizon called the idea that Linden Care is a captive pharmacy "entirely false," stating that "at best Express Scripts is being reckless in its allegations and at worse it is intentionally attempting to mislead investors." Express Scripts' move also impacted shares of Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which reportedly also used Linden Care to fulfill prescription for its drugs. DIPLOMAT LIKELY TO STAY IN-NETWORK: Leerink analyst David Larsen acknowledged that recent events indicate that Express Scripts appears to be evaluating certain retail pharmacies and their relationships with manufacturers, but he believes Diplomat's mix of drugs for diseases like multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis C and cancer differentiate it as a "true" specialty pharmacy. Larsen does not think Diplomat is at risk of being excluded from the pharmacy networks of Express Scripts, CVS or UnitedHealth's (UNH) Optum, he tells investors. Larsen expects limited distribution agreements to stay an important channel strategy for drugmakers and believes these agreements are appropriate for high cost specialty drugs that require special handling and additional services to manage patient adherence. The analyst, who thinks Diplomat remains well positioned to deliver annual growth of over 30% in the next several years, keeps an Outperform rating on its shares. EXPRESS BUYING OPPORTUNITY: Larsen also thinks concerns around manufacturer and pharmacy relationships have put unwarranted pressure on shares of Express Scripts. He does not expect Express Scripts to disclose new lawsuits around rebate dollars owed over other manufacturer disputes and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, which he views as having an "attractive" valuation. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Larsen also thinks that the specialty channel remains an opportunity for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and believes its proposed acquisition of Rite Aid (RAD) can strengthen its specialty offering. The analyst keeps an Outperform rating on Walgreens shares as well. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Diplomat Pharmacy shares have declined 28%, Express Scripts has fallen 6% and Walgreens has dropped 14%.
07:36 EDTGMBerkshire Hathaway discloses new AT&T stake in quarterly update
Berkshire Hathaway gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning. NEW STAKES: AT&T (T), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Liberty Lilac Group (LILA). INCREASED STAKES: Phillips 66 (PSX), Charter (CHTR), Liberty Media (LMCK), Suncor (SU), General Motors (GM). DECREASED STAKES: Goldman Sachs (GS), Wal-Mart (WMT), Deere (DE), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), WABCO (WBC). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Viacom (VIAB).
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